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Spiral Week: Saw (2004) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Years on James Wan’s Saw remains as groundbreaking as it was the first time I watched it – a paired down, stripped back, one location horror that does more with it’s simple premise and cast than the thousands of imitators and sequels have managed since.   And whilst the sequels may have taken the mythos off the film and stitched it beyond credibility, the simplicity of the original’s premise and the impact of its big twist has stayed with me years later.  I truly rate Saw as one of the best horrors of the 21st century and a key text for genre filmmakers looking to make a film on a limited budget.

Best Bit: THAT ending

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Blair Witch Project, Jigsaw, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, Hostel

9 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...